Archive for September, 2010

Dendrobium crocatum

Posted in Dendrobium, Orchids with tags , , , , , , on September 30, 2010 by orchideae

Dendrobium crocatum is found in some parts of Malaysia and Thailand.

This is an attractive plant which produces two to three approx 3cm wide orangy flowers. This is a lowland eiphyte which is easy and rewarding to grow in Singapore.

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Flower of Dendrobium crocatum.

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Flower of Dendrobium crocatum.

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Side profile of the flower of Dendrobium crocatum.

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Side profile of the flower of Dendrobium crocatum.

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Dimension of the flower of Dendrobium crocatum.

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Dimension of the flower of Dendrobium crocatum.

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Lecture (early notice): Mark Nesbitt – Materia medica in the 19th century: pharmacognosy, botany and empire (The Sir Hans Sloane Lecture for 2011)

Posted in 2011, Events happening around the region, United Kingdom with tags , on September 27, 2010 by orchideae

Lecture (early notice): Mark Nesbitt – Materia medica in the 19th century: pharmacognosy, botany and empire (The Sir Hans Sloane Lecture for 2011)
Date: Wednesday 29 June 2011, 18.00 (preceded by tea at 17.30)
Venue: Apothecaries’ Hall, Black Friars Lane, London EC4V 6EJ
http://www.apothecaries.org/index.php?page=122
Admission: Free but pre-booking essential. Optional supper afterwards £30.

Contact: Society of Apothecaries 020 7236 1189 facultyHP@apothecaries.org

Exhibition tour: Mark Nesbitt, ethnobotanical tour of High Society, an exhibition exploring the role of mind-altering drugs in history and culture.

Posted in 2011, Events happening around the region, United Kingdom with tags , , on September 27, 2010 by orchideae

Exhibition tour: Mark Nesbitt, ethnobotanical tour of High Society, an exhibition exploring the role of mind-altering drugs in history and culture.
Date: Thursday 20 January 2011, 18.00-19.00
Venue: Wellcome Collection, Euston Road, London http://www.wellcomecollection.org/
Admission: Free. Meet at Visitor’s Desk.
http://www.wellcomecollection.org/whats-on/tours/all-tours.aspx

Contact: Wellcome Collection info@wellcomecollection.org

Lecture: Sloane at home and in Jamaica: an evening of talks with the British Museum and Kew

Posted in 2010, Events happening around the region, United Kingdom with tags , on September 27, 2010 by orchideae

Lecture: Sloane at home and in Jamaica: an evening of talks with the British Museum and Kew
Date – Monday, 15 November 2010, 18.00-20.00
Venue: Royal College of Physicians, Regent’s Park, London. http://www.rcplondon.ac.uk/
Admission: £10 to include refreshments. Booking via the RCP,

Majorie Caygill (British Museum) employs eyewitness accounts to create a lively picture of Sloane and his patients in London. Mark Nesbitt (Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew) focuses on plants that Sloane discovered on his 1687 voyage to Jamaica, illustrated by historic specimens and artefacts from Kew’s collections.

Contact: heritage@rcplondon.ac.uk, 020 3075 1430

Annual Ethnobotany Lecture: Victoria Reyes-García – The dynamics of ethnobotanical knowledge in a globalizing world

Posted in 2010, Events happening around the region, United Kingdom with tags , on September 27, 2010 by orchideae

Annual Ethnobotany Lecture: Victoria Reyes-García – The dynamics of ethnobotanical knowledge in a globalizing world
Date – Tuesday 19 October 2010, 17.00-18.30 followed by drinks at the Botanist on Kew Green
Venue: Jodrell Lecture Theatre, via Jodrell Gate, Kew Road TW9 3DS http://www.multimap.com/s/0FqUgpxB
Admisson: Free, no advance booking required

This is the main ethnobotanical gathering in London each year.

Lecture: Mark Nesbitt – Plants, Empire and Exploration: historic art and artifacts in Kew’s Economic Botany Collection

Posted in 2010, Events happening around the region, United Kingdom with tags , on September 27, 2010 by orchideae

Lecture: Mark Nesbitt – Plants, Empire and Exploration: historic art and artifacts in Kew’s Economic Botany Collection
Date – Wednesday 13 October 2010, 20.00
Venue: Spelthorne Natural History Society, Greeno Centre, Glebeland Gardens, Shepperton, Middlesex TW17 9DH
Close to Shepperton Station. Details: http://www.snhs.org.uk/
Admission: Free

Taeniophyllum obtusum

Posted in Orchids, Taeniophyllum with tags , , , , on September 24, 2010 by orchideae

This little jewel is one of the native orchids of Singapore. This plant is epiphytic and its bear long spreading flattend green roots. The flowers are clear yellow with lip lip. It has disappeared from many of the exisitng sites and is believed that it still can be found in the Ngee Soon Swamp Forest. Previously it has been collected from multiple sites like the Botanic Gardens, Bukit Mandai, Serangoon Road etc.

This plant can still be grown in Singapore but the plant is small and cannot withstand cultivation stress. It prefer to be grown in a bright area with moving air. Constant humidity is necessary. A dry period would definitely spell the end for the plant.

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Flower of Taeniophyllum obtusum

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Flower of Taeniophyllum obtusum

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Side profile of the flower of Taeniophyllum obtusum

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Another side profile of the flower of Taeniophyllum obtusum

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Dimension of the flower of Taeniophyllum obtusum

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Dimension of the flower of Taeniophyllum obtusum

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Taeniophyllum obtusum

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Dimension of Taeniophyllum obtusum